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New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film becomes a tale of social progress

New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ film becomes a tale of social progress

Maddie Boone, Senior Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

The opening of Disney’s latest version of “Beauty and the Beast” marks a revolutionary moment for the LGBTQ+ community. The film, starring Emma Watson, features Disney’s first gay character, “LeFou,” played by actor Josh Gad. LeFou is the sidekick of the Beast’s rival, Gaston. As a sub-plot...

Reality of climate change shows real effects

Reality of climate change shows real effects

Sam Rosenblatt, Staff Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, Top Stories, Top Stories

Global warming has become an increasingly prominent issue in America’s political discourse. Former President Barack Obama helped negotiate the Paris Agreement in 2015, which promised to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Bernie Sanders, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential...

Letter to the editor: A response to ‘The Isolation of College Libertarians’

March 9, 2017
Filed under Letters to the Editor, OPINIONS

To the editor: On Feb. 28, Tom Ciccotta ’17 got an article entitled “The Isolation of College Libertarians” relating to Bucknell published online in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times, and, since the Times does not publish responses to Op-Eds, I thought it pertinent to publish a response...

Editorial: Holding up half the sky

March 9, 2017
Filed under Editorial, OPINIONS

“Women hold up half the sky,” a Chinese proverb reads, testifying to the literal and figurative importance of women across the world. March 8 marked the annual International Women’s Day, which takes place every year during National Women’s History Month. The organizers of the highly attended...

Jeff Sessions: Beating the same Russian horse, or a rightful call for resignation?

Robert Naylor, Contributing Writer
March 9, 2017
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held a press conference on March 2 explaining his decision to practice what is known as recusal, an action where a person abstains from any pending investigations due to possible conflicts of interest. Democrats have claimed that Sessions allegedly lied under oath...

President Trump ‘objectifies’ widow

Samantha Woolford, Staff Writer
March 9, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

President Donald Trump addressed all of Congress on Feb. 28, receiving surprising backlash for honoring the slain Navy SEAL, William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in the recent Yemen raid. His wife, Carryn Owens, was one of Trump’s guests, whose loss he also honored. CNN’s Van Jones spoke after...

188 years later, Scotland Yard appoints first female leader

188 years later, Scotland Yard appoints first female leader

Maddie Boone, Senior Writer
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS, Top Stories, Top Stories

Feb. 22 marks a historic day for the Scotland Yard, the largest police force in Britain; this 188-year-old force has appointed Cressida Dick as the first female police commissioner. Who is this woman and what makes her so incredible? Her lengthy resume speaks for itself; Dick joined the Metropolitan...

Uniting a divided party: Perez appointed as new DNC chair

Jordan Walker, Contributing Writer
March 2, 2017
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Tom Perez, the former U.S. secretary of labor under the Obama administration, was elected as the new chair to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Feb. 25. He won with 235 votes to Keith Ellison’s 200 votes. The DNC hasn’t exactly been standing on sturdy legs the last year, and not just because...

Jameis Winston’s comments to children are careless at best

Sam Rosenblatt, Contributing Writer
March 2, 2017
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NFL quarterback Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited an elementary school in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Feb. 22 to speak to and inspire the school’s students. Though Winston’s visit may have inspired some of the Florida youth he spoke to, many adults have attacked a controversial part...

Editorial: Getcha head in the game (while you still can)

March 2, 2017
Filed under Editorial, OPINIONS

“’Ray Bucknell” denotes both school pride and personal pride in being a piece of the whole; a whole that, on the whole, is pretty damn impressive. From athletics to scholarship to extracurricular engagement, University students are involved on multiple levels. For some reason, however, this...

The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos

Samantha Woolford, Contributing Writer
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

Milo Yiannopoulos, former senior tech editor for Breitbart News, resigned on Feb. 21 due to the resurfacing of unsavory comments regarding what many interpreted as pedophilia. Yiannopoulos was also scheduled as the keynote speaker for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which withdrew...

Recapturing Mosul: Huge military advancement equals huge humanitarian crisis

Jennie Matuschak, Contributing Writer
March 2, 2017
Filed under OPINIONS

The self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) began in 2004 as a fragment of al Qaeda, which at the time was much more expansive and powerful than it is today. After the death of Saddam Hussein, al Qaeda desperately tried to recruit Sunni fighters to help avenge the repressive acts committed by the Shiite-majority...

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